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No hawking. No trading. Lagos bans street selling

Lagos - Every morning, Mama Biliki prepares small bags of popcorn outside her ramshackle house in Ajegunle, one of Lagos' poorest neighbourhoods, to sell by the roadside for 50 naira each.

UN delivers food to starving displaced by Boko Haram

Kano - The United Nations has made the first food aid delivery to thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram Islamists in the Nigerian town of Banki, where hundreds have starved to death since March, the UN said on Friday.

Pokemon Go: Only for the brave in Lagos

Lagos - It's safe to say Nintendo's hit mobile game Pokemon Go is more suited for playing in the clean, well-lit streets of San Francisco or the impeccably-maintained parks of New York.

Defence contracts 'tainted' by corruption: Nigeria

Abuja - Military procurement deals during the Boko Haram insurgency were "tainted" by corruption, a statement from the Nigerian government on its investigation into misspent security funds said.

Famine possible in parts of Boko Haram-hit Nigeria: experts

Lagos - Some parts of northeast Nigeria that have been devastated by seven years of violence from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency could be suffering from famine, according to experts monitoring the situation.

Six killed in 'Boko Haram' suicide attack in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - Six people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Damboa, northeast Nigeria, the army said, in the latest violence to hit the restive region.

Nigerian dies in Italy after hate attack

Rome - A Nigerian migrant was beaten to death in a racist attack by a right-wing football fan in a central Italian town, officials said Wednesday.

'Give Nigeria a chance', Buhari tells militants

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday pleaded with militants to "give Nigeria a chance", vowing to keep the country intact despite widespread ethnic and religious divisions that threaten unity.

U.S. warns about possible attacks in Lagos

Lagos - The United States on Tuesday warned of possible attacks against expatriates and foreign visitors in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, during public holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Boko Haram's other human tragedy: Malnutrition

Maiduguri - Halima cries as her mother Yagana lifts her up to be weighed. The one-year-old girl's belly protrudes over legs that are barely more than paper-thin skin and bone.

Sierra Leone diplomat kidnapped in Nigeria

Kano - Sierra Leone's deputy high commissioner has been snatched in Nigeria, government sources said Friday, the first kidnapping of a diplomat from the west African country in more than half a century.

Lagos shuts churches, mosques over noise

Lagos - Authorities in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos have shut down dozens of churches, mosques and hotels in a bid cut noise pollution, officials said Thursday.

Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 11 in Cameroon

Yaound - A suicide bombing by a Boko Haram jihadist has killed 11 people in northern Cameroon, a provincial governor said Thursday, warning civilians not to breach special security measures aimed at preventing such attacks.

Foreigners kidnapped in Nigeria released: Company

Port Harcourt - Five foreign construction workers kidnapped last week with two Nigerian colleagues after their vehicle was attacked and driver killed have been released, officials said Monday, with two suffering serious injuries.

Australians, NZealander, South African kidnapped in Nigeria

Port Harcourt - Three Australians, a New Zealander and South African have been kidnapped along with two locals in Nigeria's southeast after their vehicle was attacked, officials said on Thursday.

Corpses and silence after Boko Haram's Niger strike

Bosso - Rotting bodies, looted buildings and a grim silence mark the once bustling town of Bosso in southeastern Niger following one of Boko Haram's deadliest ever attacks in the west African nation.

Boko Haram kill 24 in northeastern Nigeria: community leader

Kano - Twenty-four people were killed when Boko Haram fighters opened fire on mourners, a local community leader said Friday, in the second attack in northeast Nigeria this week after a relative lull.

Amnesty backs Biafra group's shooting claims

Lagos - Amnesty International on Friday claimed the Nigerian military shot dead unarmed civilians before a march to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Biafran declaration of independence.

'Starving to death': Boko Haram displaced facing food crisis

Kano - At least 10 people are "starving to death" every day in a camp in northeast Nigeria for people displaced by Boko Haram violence, highlighting warnings about a food crisis in the Lake Chad region.

Chadian troops 'pour into Niger after Boko Haram attack'

Ndjame - The first of an expected 2,000 troops from regional military powerhouse Chad began arriving in neighbouring Niger Wednesday, where Boko Haram insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week, a local security source said.

Chad sends 2,000 troops to Niger after Boko Haram attack

Ndjame - Some 2,000 troops from regional military powerhouse Chad headed to neighbouring Niger on Wednesday, where Boko Haram insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week, a military source said.

Over 50,000 flee Boko Haram attacks in Niger: UN

Niamey - About 50,000 people have fled a town in Niger's troubled southeast after deadly attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations said Tuesday.

32 troops killed in Niger clash with Boko Haram

Niamey - Thirty-two troops have been killed in a clash with Boko Haram fighters on Niger's border with Nigeria, Niger's defence ministry said on Saturday, one of deadliest tolls inflicted by the jihadists.

Nigeria President Buhari urged to act against oil attacks

Yenagoa - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday faced urgent calls to stop security spiralling out of control in the oil-rich south, after militants claimed two new attacks against key pipelines.

At least 10 dead as Biafra anniversary turns bloody

Lagos - At least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra campaigners as they marked the anniversary of the start of Nigeria's civil war, police said on Tuesday.

Questions on Chibok girl release after second rescue claim

Abuja - Nigeria has claimed the rescue of a second Chibok girl but a campaign group on Friday said she was captured separately from the 219 held by Boko Haram, as questions were raised about the first release.

Second abducted Chibok girl rescued: Nigerian army

Lagos - A second Chibok schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been found, the Nigerian army said on Thursday.

Rescued Chibok girl Amina Ali: A 'quiet and humble' student

Maiduguri - Amina Ali, who this week became the first of 219 abducted Chibok schoolgirls to be found, had undergone a dramatic transformation since she was seized by Boko Haram nearly two years ago."She was completely changed.

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls: Two years gone

Lagos - Here is a snapshot of key events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria two years ago.Nigeria's army confirmed on Wednesday that one of the girls has been found.

Chibok girl rescue raises hopes for others held by Boko Haram

Kano - One of 219 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram for more than two years has been found, the military and activists said Wednesday, the first rescue that has raised hopes for those still being held.
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Mubarak Bala, a Nigerian man has been incarcerated in a mental health institution by his family after saying he had lost his belief in God.
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A petrol station selling fuel in Lagos Tuesday, Jan. 3.
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Nigerian fans entering a bar in Lagos to watch the AFCON finals between Nigerian Burkina Faso on Sunday
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File photo: Soccer team in action.
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Cartons of sugar stacked high in a Nigerian market
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A pharmacy shop partially opened for business due to the nationwide strike against government's withdrawal of fuel subsidy.
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Fire crackers on sale for the New Year celebration in Lagos
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President Goodluck Jonathan speaking on January 8, 2015. (Screen grab)
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Bountiful harvest of gifts for the celebrant.
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Parents of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped from a Chibok school last month express sorrow and outrage at a public gathering.
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Shoppers at the Palms Mall, Lagos. Nigeria has a fast growing middle class in major urban centers
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A map of of Nigeria with the states comprising the Niger Delta highlighted
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Parents of victims last month's mass kidnapping from a school in northeastern Nigeria express sorrow and outrage
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A Nigerian at the cybercafe
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The roofless uncompleted building beside it is the "mission house." It is already occupied.
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Couple resplendent in native designs
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The River Benue looking south east from Jimeta/Yola, Nigeria.
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